|Short Name:||John Wilkes|
|Full Name:||Wilkes, John, d. 1882|
|Birth Year (est.):||1782|
|Death Year (est.):||1882|
John Wilkes (b. England, date unknown; d. England, 1882) simplified the tune MONKLAND and introduced it to Henry W. Baker (PHH 342), who published it in the English Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861) to his own harvest-theme text, "Praise, O Praise Our God and King." Wilkes named the tune after the village where he was organist and Baker was vicar–Monkland–located near Leominster in Herefordshire, England. Wilkes died around 1882; he should not be confused with the better-known John Bernard Wilkes (1785-1869).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1998